ENUGU —The implementing partner of the Local Right Partnership Programme, South Saharan Social Development Organization, SSDO, funded by Action Aid Nigeria, has donated 30 pieces of 4-seater pupils’ desks to three out of the 17 Local Government Areas in Enugu state; Aninri, Isi-Uzo, and Uzo Uwani LGA.
Handing over the seats to the beneficiaries, SSDO Head of Programme, Mr. Udochukwu Egwim revealed that his organization donated ten 4-seater desks each to the chosen communities.
“Local Rights Partnership, LRP, of ActionAid goal is to ensure the education of rural community persons; we also educate and sensitize them to demand their rights from the angle of human right approach; this project will last between 5 to 7 years,” Egwim said.
Egwim further revealed, “The presentation of these pupil seats in communities is our first activity of more interventions lined up; these include Women Peer Education, Capacity Building for men and more sensitization rallies.
Speaking also during the presentation, LRP Program Lead Mrs. Perpetual Njoku revealed the criteria for choosing beneficiary communities.
“We are interested in the poor and marginalized community; communities where government interventions on basic amenities is not felt as seen in Oduma Achara in Aninri Local Government area,” Njoku reiterates.
The Program Lead also revealed their employment of baseline study of the community before intervention. “We interacted with the children to find out their needs which we, in turn, communicated Actionaid, our implementing partner.”
Njoku then revealed the nine communities benefitting from the program; in Aninri LGA the beneficiary communities are Ameke, Amagu, Ohafia, and Oduma Achara.
In ISI Uzo LGA, the beneficiaries are Ihenyi, Abor Isiala, and Orokoro while in Uzo Uwani, Igga, and Nkume communities.
Expressing their profound gratitude the Heads of the beneficiary schools, Mr. Akpan Mark and Mrs. Onyia Rebecca, prayed for the donors commending them for their humanitarian action.
They revealed the deplorable state of their school environment where the children had to sit on bare floor to study; these young ones they said had to write with their books on their laps.
The South Saharan Social Development Organization, SSDO, is a duly registered non-profit organization in Nigeria since 2001, with a primary focus of equipping women, youth, and children with the social, health, economic, educational, and political skills needed to survive and compete favorably in a vastly changing and urbanizing sub-Saharan Africa.
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